Taking a time out from my many Tulum posts and skipping forward to London life. Spring has arrived and the one and only blooming Chelsea Flower Show has been and gone. But thankfully the city is still blooming especially in Chelsea.
But before we dive into a belated post overflowing with my Chelsea Flower Show highlights, here’s your starter. Go treat yourself to a sunny lunch sat beyond a wall of glowing flowers.
Probably one of the most photographed facades in the Chelsea and Westminster borough. It’s hard to navigate the pavement without being hit by a camera. But I’m sure you’ll agree – it’s a spot worth blocking passers by for. Welcome to Chelsea’s Ivy Garden. If this isn’t a blooming happy building I don’t know what else can be.
To celebrate blooming Chelsea, British designer Jenny Packham collaborated with the Ivy to create this breath-taking flower installation. After all the whole borough goes wild for RHS Chelsea Flower show. The installation will be standing until the 1st July, and is quite impossible to miss with the array of roses, peonies and plenty of foliage. You’ll notice the ombre of flowers starting at yellow, to cream and then white on the bottom. The final touch is the upholstered cushions which were designed specifically for the Ivy. Personally, I’d love to have these bright yellow striped beauties in my garden.
Step into the not so secret garden.
Which is just as delightful inside as it is bloody beautiful on the outside.
Hop onto one of the bar stools and sip on The Queen Bee or Honey Bee Gin – whichever takes your float. Both cocktails are available as part of the Jenny Packham collaboration so won’t be buzzing around forever.
The interior is a pattern addicts dream. Think bold botanical prints, mixed with popping bursts of orange and statement artwork. The outdoor garden is a whole other blooming amazing place entirely, so try and book ahead for some alfresco dining.
If you fancy having something refreshing and non-alcoholic, go for the Ivy Set Cooler. A long glass of cool cucumber, apple, lime, mint and topped with soda.
If you fancy something not too light, try the steak sandwich, smothered in caramelised onion – delicious.
Once you’re ready for something sweet, go order the chocolate bombe. You won’t regret it.
In case you were still debating whether to go for it… The melting chocolate bombe is served with vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre. Topped with hot salted caramel sauce that sets off the explosion.
As the sun began to dim, the flowers looked burnt orange like the afternoon sky.
Full to the brim, we hanged out the front snapping compulsory flower power wall shots.
When I went for lunch the rest of Chelsea was full in bloom (I don’t think this is the case any longer). It was well worth a skip around, checking out some of the impressive floral offerings.
Love was a prodiment theme, most likely as a nod to the Royal wedding.
Bolder brighter flowers seemed to take centre-stage this year.
Statement contrast florals seemed to be coordinated throughout. Which we wondered whether this would be a spoiler for Chelsea Flower show.
So many fascinating facades to check out.
Dramatic flowers also call for well-executed poses, and ballet dancing of course.
If only London’s iconic buses were this pretty in real life.
The most magical Indian themed elephant.
Just checking if the flowers were real.
I hope you’re feeling ready for summer to kick off, start it at the blooming Chelsea Ivy Garden. Get booking now before the sunny days or installation finishes.